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Lump not showing on Ultrasound

28 Mar 2018 19:51

After having very bad pain in my left breast. I found a Lump acfually inside the nipple itself like a stone is inside my nipple . Its hard, and doesnt move. I was referred to breast specialist who i saw today.  They felt the lump, sent me for a ultrasound (26 apparently too young for a mamogram) and the imaging couldn't detect the lump at all,  and although she found some what i would call blacker spots she ultrasound the other breast and she said they are they same and shes not concerned. 

 I then had to wait for results I went back in with the Nurse practioner, who said they can not find the lump although they can clearly feel it and that the consultant wanted to see me personally so he couls feel it for himself. So in he came had a feel and he could also feel it straight away. He said he hasnt come across this type of lump before, he doesnt think its cancerous and hes going to ask a few people about it...  But just to keep an eye on it and he wants me back for a follow up app at breast clinic in 4 weeks app confirmed there and then. Where he said he would see if anything has changed and either think about a mamogram or something a bit more serious. (Which im assuming might be a biopsy.. i should have asked).. ive also read  googled (bad i know) that they cant do a biopsy on a lump that can not be seen incase they miss it completely?,  and they may do.a.surgical biopsy . Is this correct?

 So I came out buzzing that its not cancer and felt relieved..  yet now this evening its back on my mind. Doesnt all lumps show on a ultrasound.. why are they sending me for these tests. Is it just to find out.what the lump is?  Is there still a chance this could be cancer?. Im sure its nothing. But i wish they colld just gave said . Oh yes its a cyst!  Rather than the unknown. I know this should be happy news but i dont feel settled .

Has anyone had a lump they couldnt detect on ultrasound.

What happenes next ?

And if anyone has had simular, what was your lump ..

 Thanks xxx

Lump not showing on Ultrasound

29 Mar 2018 16:19 in response to Krf11

Hello KRF11 and thank you for your post,

The quick answer to your question is that not all breast lumps do show up on ultrasound. Ultrasound is a very useful tool in helping to diagnose the nature of many breast cancers, but if it does not show up a palpable breast lump (one that you can feel) other tests such as a mammogram or MRI may need to be done.

Unfortunately, it is not possible for anyone to say what is causing your breast lump. Nor is it possible to say what tests will be done but I suspect that it may be a mammogram or an MRI. Reassuringly the consultant does not think that your lump is cancer related and is going to follow you up. You will not be discharged from the breast clinic until they are sure that your lump is not cancer related.

It is natural to worry, and I can appreciate that waiting for hospital appointments and tests is stressful. It is a case of trying not to dwell on this too much. If you are finding it hard to cope do discuss this with your GP. It will also help to stay away from the internet.

Breast cancer in someone your age is rare. From what you have written the odds are very much on your side that this lump is not cancer related.

I hope that some of this information will help you worry less.

With kind regards,

Mary

Lump not showing on Ultrasound

10 Jun 2019 13:34 in response to CRUK Nurse Mary

Hiya. I am curious to your outcome? I have had a similar experience today.

Found a lump two weeks ago and had my appointment at the breast clinic today. Consultant could feel it so sent for a scan (I'm 31 so no mamagram). He said it's most likely a cyst given my age. The lady who did the scan couldn't see anything on the scan and decided no biopsy and sent me back to consultant. He was miffed as to why they couldn't see it and asked me if they scanned the correct area -

He has asked me to come back in 6 weeks time for them to check again and has said if it's still there they will just remove it regardless. Although I feel relieved that it's unlikely to be cancer (I'd assume it would have shown if it was something bad), I don't feel completely at ease as they have no said for absolute certainty that it's just a cyst. X

Lump not showing on Ultrasound

11 Jun 2019 15:03 in response to Tanya87

Hello Tanya87,

Thank you for posting a question. I am sorry to learn about the breast lump.  I noticed that your question was directed at another forum user, but they have not been active for a while.

I would imagine that it is disappointing to have come away from the clinic without having a completely definitive answer. So I can understand why you are unsettled.   But I think that you can be reassured that cancer is not suspected, otherwise the specialist would not be waiting 6 weeks before seeing you again.  Also breast cancer is uncommon in women of your age. So although it is easier said than done try not to worry.

The waiting must be quite difficult and there is not really any easy way to get through, but keeping busy and sticking to a routine can help a little. Do give us a call if you think that it might help.  The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

Kind regards,

Jean

Lump not showing on Ultrasound

14 Jun 2019 21:55 in response to Tanya87

Hi, I had the same. Have a palaple lump and saw consultant and he put ?lymph Node on his notes. Had an ultrasound (35) no mammogram and radiologist said normal breadt tissue! He even scanned my underarm and said all normal. Consultant was confused as he too could feel something. Now I’m worried and as they have discharge me but it is still there. I have appointment with GP again next week and going to ask for a re-referral. 

Lump not showing on Ultrasound

20 Nov 2019 07:46 in response to twoforthepriceof1

Hi,

I have had a similar issue on Monday... The solid lump is under my armpit (closer to the breast) I'm 43

The consultant felt a lump and marked it off in a different place I'd felt mine. Was sent for a mammogram and ultrasound and had a glandular tissue  diagnosis. I personally felt rushed and was never asked where I felt the lump. 
Probably won't end up going back. 

Lump not showing on Ultrasound

17 Dec 2019 16:23 in response to EB2019

Hi just wondering EB2019 did they scan your underarm when you were lying down or sitting up.  I have a solid lump in my armpit, my GP felt it and sent me for an ultrasound, the guy who did it said as I walked in the door ah I think I know what this is, and then said, oh I think we might do this with you sitting with your arm raised.  Anyway, he felt the lump but he seemed to scan everywhere except the lump.  He said there was a lymph node .75cm in my armpit but this was perfectly normal and told me to raise my other arm and he would confirm that they were the same size, guess what they weren't the biggest was .55cm, he then told me that the lymph nodes in my neck would be .75com, but the biggest one there was .48.  I said look can you scan my underarm again, you felt the lump and am not quite sure you got it, but he dismissed me.  This same guy only a year ago scanned my abdominal area as I was suffering excruciating pain on my right side.  He said nothing there, you have IBS.  I was like I can feel it, am not working with the pain, but he said no nothing there.  Fast forward months later I had a smear and a growth was found on my cervix plus fibroids.  Thankfully all benign but he left me in pain for months with his flippancy.  I am 46 years old, and have pain in my shoulder blade for months, I found the lump in my armpit in July but thought nothing of it until I showed my husband, you can actually see the lump.  I also have pain at the top right of my breast.  My question is should an underarm ultrasound be down sitting up or lying down?  Should I go back to my GP and insist on being sent to the Breast Clinic.  Thanks

Lump not showing on Ultrasound

18 Dec 2019 10:51 in response to Cocopops007

Hi, 

I'm sorry you have had previous problems when having an ultrasound, this maybe something you want to raise a concern about with the hospital Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)? 

I'm afraid I don't know if someone's position matters when an underarm ultrasound is being done. This is something you would need to ask a sonographer (someone trained in medical ultrasound), but your GP may know or be able to find out.

We always tell anyone experiencing persistent symptoms or unusual changes in their bodies to see their GP. The GP can make an assessment and decide what to do. There is no harm in asking about a referral to the breast clinic, but I am not sure what the GP will say. Your GP should have had a report of your scan and be able to tell you what it showed so do ask them about this and tell them you are worried that under your arm wasn't properly scanned. 

If you want to talk anything over, do give us a call on Freephone 0808 800 4040, the lines are open from 9 till 5, Mon to Fri.

Take care,

Sarah

 

Lump not showing on Ultrasound

18 Dec 2019 11:28 in response to CRUK Nurse Sarah

Hi Sarah

 

Many thanks, the GP just called me and said she was referring me to the Breast Clinic,  I am sure its nothing, 9 out of 10 times these things are nothing, but I just want to be sure. Thank you for your response, I appreciate it.

Lump not showing on Ultrasound

24 Dec 2019 11:09 in response to CRUK Nurse Sarah

I was diagnosed with dcis 2011 had left mastectomy and reconstruction. My Right breast was under surveillance for 5 years,  attendded  every each mammogram appoinment., had ultrasound and mammogram last year was told everything is clear. Had another ultra sound a month ago and showed 14 mm lump, biopsy done, came back and was told  i have dcis AGAIN  in  my right breast.

MRI, was done 2 weeks ago and was told that the lump is not 14 mm but 40mm. I can not understand, how come it was missed the last time i had my mammogram and ultrasound last year.

the doctor told me the reason why they want me to have mri is because they can not understand why there were no changes in my mammogram results. 

2011 when i was 1st diagnosed the lump wasnt seen in mammogram thatswhy, they did ultra sound and biopsy.

when i asked why it lump didnt show in mammogram, i was told i have a densed breat.

now awaiting for my hext appointment to undergo another biopsy to find put if the lump is invadive or not..

 

Lump not showing on Ultrasound

14 Jan 2020 23:51 in response to Lizlei70

Hi

I found a small lump in my right breast. 42. Referred for an appointment for a mammogram and ultrasound. In the initial assessment the lump was detected and acknowledged. Then I went for my mammogram and ultrasound the doctor said both looked fine. All he could see was breast tissue. When waiting to be discharged I was taken back and said although the lump could not be seen it was clear to be there when felt so they did a biopsy 

 

from reading a previous post post they have said biopsy’s aren’t done if they can’t be seen because they can’t be sure to be accurate 

 

is this true? Is it like a stab a d hope for the best?

 

 

Lump not showing on Ultrasound

14 Jan 2020 23:53 in response to CRUK Nurse Sarah

Hi

I found a small lump in my right breast. 42. Referred for an appointment for a mammogram and ultrasound. In the initial assessment the lump was detected and acknowledged. Then I went for my mammogram and ultrasound the doctor said both looked fine. All he could see was breast tissue. When waiting to be discharged I was taken back and said although the lump could not be seen it was clear to be there when felt so they did a biopsy 

 

from reading a previous post post they have said biopsy’s aren’t done if they can’t be seen because they can’t be sure to be accurate 

 

is this true? Is it like a stab a d hope for the best?

Lump not showing on Ultrasound

15 Jan 2020 15:29 in response to hobbs77

Hello and thank you for your question.

I don't think that you need to be overly concerned, as from what you have told us it seems that the specialist could feel the lump. As they could feel it, they would have a good idea of which part of your breast to biopsy.  

You cannot directly compare your situation with that of other ladies on this thread. A few had lumps under the arm and Tanya87 did not have a biopsy of her breast as the specialist who examined her was confident that she had a cyst. If there is any uncertainty and there is an area that can be biopsied, this will be done.

I hope that this answers your question and that it turns out well for you. Please get back to us if you have any other questions.  You may find it helpful to talk things through with one of the nurses on our helpline.  The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

Kind regards,

Jean

Lump not showing on Ultrasound

2 Feb 2020 16:56 in response to CRUK Nurse Jean

I found a lump In my breast in October. My GP referred me to a consultant at the hospital who agreed there was a lump that should be checked. I've now been seen by the breat clinic who did an ultrasound and a mammogram. Whilst doing the ultrasound I was told that yes she could feel something with the probe but couldnt see anything on the scan and as nothing showed up on the mammogram then all should be ok. I wasnt sat down and spoken to about the results but quite quickly ushered out and on my way. I still have the lump and get an aching type pain every now and then... should I still be worried or accept that all is ok? 

Lump not showing on Ultrasound

3 Feb 2020 14:41 in response to Lellyjane

Hello and thanks for getting back to us again,

I am sorry to hear that you were feeling rushed when you went for your mammogram.  It does sound like they felt that there was nothing to be too concerned about but we can't diagnose you. 

Many women visit the breast clinic and are then diagnosed with benign(not cancer) lumps.  The breast charity Breast Cancer now have produced some information on benign breast conditions which you  might helpful to read. Have a look here.

The radiographers are very experienced about seeing different breast conditions but if you remain concerned then do talk it through with your GP.

If you would like to talk this through then do give us a ring. You may find it helpful to talk things through with one of the nurses on our helpline.  The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

Best Wishes,

Catherine